Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life

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Harcourt, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 383 pages
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A legendary trailblazer, Arlene Blum defied the climbing establishment of the 1970s by leading the first all-female teams on successful ascents of Mount McKinley and Annapurna and by being the first American woman to attempt Mount Everest. At the same time, her groundbreaking scientific work challenged gender stereotypes in the academic community and led to important legislation banning carcinogens in childrenís sleepwear. With candor and humor, Breaking Trail recounts Blumís journey from an overprotected childhood in Chicago to the tops of some of the highest peaks on earth, and to a life lived on her own terms. Now with an index, additional photos, and a new afterword, this book is a moving testament to the power of taking risks and pursuing dreams.

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User Review  - Laura Siegel - Goodreads

When of the most inspirational and down- to-earth books by a woman adventurer that I've read. Read full review

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User Review  - Kristian Kalsing - Goodreads

Mountaineering used to be a heavily male dominated sport. Back in the 1970s, Arlene Blum was determined to change that and led the first teams of women to successful summits of great mountains like Denali and Annapurna. Read full review

About the author (2007)

ARLENE BLUM has a doctorate in biophysical chemistry and has taught at Stanford, Wellesley College, and the University of California, Berkeley. Her bestselling book Annapurna: A Woman's Place was named one of the one hundred best adventure books of all time by National Geographic. She lives in Berkeley, California.

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